I have known that I felt compelled to put circles in my work for some time and have accepted that. Somehow . . from the past to now . . how do I put it . . "they just want to be there". And so I've felt that I will do that . . . until I don't feel that! I have no idea where this urge comes from . . somewhere inside . . and completely out of any "rational" explanation. As I've been working on about 21 cradled panels (oil & cold wax) from 8" square (a series) to 24" square, it seems that lines "want" to go in. Yet when I do this it takes me away from the organic nature of images you can see on my Tumblr archive site . . and . . I don't like them. So these surfaces will be dancing back and forth. I've been thinking of how to make the more geometric shapes more organic and more subtle.
These are pics from the progress of my last post of developing images in oil and cold wax, and they are nothing like what I started with.
The series of eight 8" panels &
the two panels I had started in my last post
The next photos are what has evolved up to this point:
oops! just noticed my shoes!
I looked at my sketchbooks, as I remembered I was doing the same thing . . had the same "struggle" or "dance" going on. Some pics of some of my sketchbook pages:
So! . . this has been what's been going on. I'm tempted to go back and finish some encaustics that were almost done when I stopped, but this "dance" is starting to intrigue me rather than feeling like a struggle. I have a degree in psychology and training in being a counselor in a transpersonal psychology program, and I have been quite accustomed to delving into where emotions and feelings originate, but this (!) has been very perplexing. I actually feel better in "exposing" this dance of mine. And it feels more like an excitement in solving a puzzle . . but not by analyzing it . . just DOING it . . and letting "the chips fall where they may" or allowing what's inside to emerge.
As far as non-representational art (prior to going in that direction I did faces and figures with abstraction), so abstraction is a totally new journey for me.
Thank you to all of you for following me. In my personal life there are not many who understand my tastes in art, and seeing your icons here (and connections to other artist on fb) keeps me moving forward. I read about other artists' struggles, and it comforting to know this is all part of the ever evolving dynamics of doing art.